Mang-Mang Zhu

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In the present study, BmK alphaIV, a novel modulator of sodium channels, was cloned from venomous glands of the Chinese scorpion (Buthus martensi Karsch) and expressed successfully in Escherichia coli. The BmK alphaIV gene is composed of two exons separated by a 503 bp intron. The mature polypeptide contains 66 amino acids. BmK alphaIV has potent toxicity(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Buthus martensi Karsch (BmK) AS is a scorpion polypeptide toxin, said to target the voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs). However, the mechanism of action of BmK AS on the VGSCs has yet to be defined. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH We examined the electrophysiological effects of BmK AS in a wide dose range on the rat brain-type VGSC(More)
In the present study, the pharmacological effects of BmK AS, a β-like scorpion toxin on rNav1.2 α-subunit expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes were investigated using a two-electrode voltage-clamp recording. It was found that the voltage dependence of rNav1.2 inactivation was significantly shifted towards positive membrane potential by 500 nM BmK AS, whereas(More)
BmK I is classified as alpha-like scorpion toxin that specifically binds the voltage-gated sodium channels via receptor site-3. Previous results showed BmK I induced epileptiform responses in rats via intra-hippocampal injection, but the mechanism has yet to be clarified. In this study, using two-electrode voltage/current clamp technique, we determined the(More)
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